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A festival-inspired wedding at the Wild Garden in West Sussex

A festival-inspired wedding at the Wild Garden in West Sussex

Written by Katie Byrne

Jenny and Andy enjoyed a fun-filled outdoor wedding in the summer sun


Jenny, 30, a lingerie designer, and Andy, 32, a sales manager, married at St Andrew's Church, Nuthurst, followed by a reception in the Wild Garden at Hyde Estate, Handcross, West Sussex.

Going to festivals is one of our favourite past-times, so we wanted to inject some festival fun into our wedding day. Luckily the weather was perfect so we were able to make full use of our venue's garden.

We chose tipis to create a festival-like atmosphere and each tent was dressed differently. One was decorated with hops, another featured an ornate chandelier, while the third had a disco ball and fairylights draped around the poles.

My August Jones wedding gown caught my eye straight away. I particularly loved its low back and lace detail, and I wore it with a sparkly headdress. I held a bouquet of soft pink garden roses, which a friend kindly offered to arrange for me.

My bridesmaids wore Grecian-style backless dresses, which were ideal as they could be adjusted to suit each of their personal styles. Andy looked dapper in his three-piece indigo-coloured suit from Debenhams, which he paired with a gold tie and brogues by Paul Smith.

To maintain an informal feel, we had drinks out on the grass and provided blankets for our guests to sit on. Because Andy and I also love travelling, I made bunting out of old maps to hang in the tipis, and our place names were made from vintage luggage tags. We created a seating plan using a giant world map.

Our guests tucked into fish and chips, followed by tea and cake served on vintage crockery for dessert. We had a cheese tower instead of a wedding cake; for a pop of colour, my mum decorated the tower with fresh fruit and flowers, and displayed it on a rustic tree-trunk cutting.

My uncle bought a different single-malt Scotch whisky for each table and arranged it in a tasting session for after the meal. Our guests loved it and it really encouraged everyone to socialise. It was such a good idea, andas I'm Scottish, it was a great way to bring something from home into our day.

We also had garden games to enjoy after the meal, including croquet and a coconut shy.

My favourite moment: Andy and I went to the other side of the lake for some time together, the sun shone brightly while music played softly in the background, it couldn't have been more perfect.

My tip for brides-to-be: Hire a toastmaster! Ours relieved every element of stress from the wedding, which allowed us to sit back and enjoy our day.

Steal their style! 

Photography: Philip Bedford Venue: Wild Garden at The Hyde Estate Tipis: Beautiful World Tents Catering and garden games: The Frying Squad Cake: West Country Cheese Shop Bride and bridesmaids' dresses: White Mischief Bridal Groomswear: Debenhams Toastmaster: Jeremy Griffin

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